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INTRODUCTION
Gabriella:
In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll master a common question for Korean learners, and then learn how to answer it like a native speaker. You'll learn how these key phrases work by breaking them down into each component. Then through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.

Lesson focus

Gabriella:
In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question “How long have you been studying Korean?” In Korean this is
Kyejin:
얼마 동안 한국어를 공부했습니까?
Gabriella:
The first word in the question is
Kyejin:
얼마
Gabriella:
meaning “how long”, “how many”, “how much” in English.
Kyejin:
(Slow, by syllable) 얼마
Gabriella:
Listen again and repeat.
Kyejin:
얼마
{Pause}
Gabriella:
This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
Kyejin:
동안
Gabriella:
meaning “while”, “during” in English.
Kyejin:
(Slow, by syllable) 동안
Gabriella:
Listen again and repeat.
Kyejin:
동안
{Pause}
Gabriella:
Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Kyejin:
얼마 동안
{pause}
Gabriella:
This phrase means ‘how long’ in English. And after that
Kyejin:
한국어
Gabriella:
meaning “Korean” in English
Kyejin:
(Slow, by syllable) 한국어
Gabriella:
Listen again and repeat.
Kyejin:
한국어
{Pause}
Gabriella:
Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
Kyejin:
얼마 동안 한국어
{pause}
Gabriella:
And after that
Kyejin:
Gabriella:
the object marking particle.
Kyejin:
(Slow, by syllable) 를
Gabriella:
Now repeat.
Kyejin:
(o)
{Pause}
Gabriella:
Listen to the the first 4 words of the question and repeat.
Kyejin:
얼마 동안 한국어를
{pause}
Gabriella:
And after that
Kyejin:
공부했습니
Gabriella:
This is the verb-stem of the verb
Kyejin:
공부했습니다
Gabriella:
meaning ‘studied’ or ‘have studied’ in Korean.
Kyejin:
(Slow, by syllable) 공부했습니
Gabriella:
Now repeat.
Kyejin:
공부했습니
{Pause}
Gabriella:
Listen to the the first 5 words of the question and repeat.
Kyejin:
얼마 동안 한국어를 공부했습니
{pause}
Gabriella:
And next
Kyejin:
(ka)
Gabriella:
the question marking particle.
Kyejin:
(Slow, by syllable) 까
Gabriella:
Now repeat.
Kyejin:
{Pause}
Gabriella:
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Kyejin:
얼마 동안 한국어를 공부했습니까?
Gabriella:
Master the following pattern and responses to the question “How long have you been studying Korean?”
Kyejin:
한달 동안 공부했습니다.
Gabriella:
“I’ve studied for 1 month.” Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Kyejin:
(Slow) 한달 동안 공부했습니다.{pause}
Gabriella:
Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Kyejin:
한달
Gabriella:
meaning "one month."
Kyejin:
(Slow, by syllable) 한달
Gabriella:
Now repeat
Kyejin:
한달
{Pause}
Gabriella:
And after that
Kyejin:
동안
Gabriella:
meaning something like "for" or "during"
Kyejin:
(Slow, by syllable) 동안
Gabriella:
Now repeat.
Kyejin:
동안
{Pause}
Gabriella:
And next
Kyejin:
공부했습니
Gabriella:
The verb-stem of the verb
Kyejin:
공부했습니다.
Gabriella:
meaning ‘studied’ in English.
Kyejin:
(Slow, by syllable) 공부했습니
Gabriella:
Now repeat.
Kyejin:
공부했습니
(desu)
Gabriella:
And next
Kyejin:
공부했습니
Gabriella:
The verb-stem of the verb
Kyejin:
공부했습니다.
Gabriella:
meaning ‘studied’ in English.
Kyejin:
(Slow, by syllable) 공부했습니
Gabriella:
Now repeat.
Kyejin:
공부했습니
(desu)
Gabriella:
And next
Kyejin:
Gabriella:
sentence-ending particle.
Kyejin:
(Slow, by syllable) 다
Gabriella:
Now repeat.
Kyejin:
{Pause}
Gabriella:
Listen to the speaker say, “I’ve studied for 1 month.,” and then repeat.
Kyejin:
한달 동안 공부했습니다.
{pause}
Gabriella:
To expand on the pattern, replace “1 month” with “2 years.”
Kyejin:
이년
Gabriella:
2 years
Kyejin:
(slow) 이년 (regular) 이년
Gabriella:
Listen to the phrase again, this time with “2 years.”
Kyejin:
이년 동안 공부했습니다.
Gabriella:
It mostly stays the same. Simply replace “1 month” with “2 years.” Say “I have studied for 2 years.”
{pause}
Kyejin:
이년 동안 공부했습니다.
Gabriella:
To expand on the pattern, replace “2 years” with “half a year.”
Kyejin:
반년
Gabriella:
half a year
Kyejin:
(slow) 반년 (regular) 반년
Gabriella:
Listen to the phrase again, this time with “half a year.”
Kyejin:
반년 동안 공부했습니다.
Gabriella:
It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the “2 years” with “half a year.” Say “I have studied for half a year.”
{pause}
Kyejin:
반년 동안 공부했습니다.
Gabriella:
To expand on the pattern, replace “half a year” with “10 years.”
Kyejin:
십년
Gabriella:
10 years
Kyejin:
(slow) 십년 (regular) 십년
Gabriella:
Listen to the phrase again, this time with 10 years
Kyejin:
십년 동안 공부했습니다.
Gabriella:
It mostly stays the same. Simply replace “half a year” with “10 years.” Say “I have studied for 10 years.”
{pause}
Kyejin:
십년 동안 공부했습니다.
QUIZ
Gabriella:
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting South Korea and someone asks you how long you have been studying Korean. You have been studying it for 1 month. Respond to the question.
Kyejin:
얼마 동안 한국어를 공부했습니까? (five seconds) 한달 동안 공부했습니다.
Gabriella:
Imagine you've been studying it for 2 years. Respond to the question.
Kyejin:
얼마 동안 한국어를 공부했습니까? (five seconds) 이년 동안 공부했습니다.
Gabriella:
Imagine you've been studying it for half a year. Answer the speaker's question.
Kyejin:
얼마 동안 한국어를 공부했습니까? (five seconds) 반년 동안 공부했습니다.
Gabriella:
Imagine you've been studying it for 10 years. Respond to the question.
Kyejin:
얼마 동안 한국어를 공부했습니까? (five seconds) 십년 동안 공부했습니다.
Gabriella:
Now you want to ask someone how long -they- have been studying Korean. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Kyejin:
얼마 동안 한국어를 공부했습니까?
{pause}

Outro

Gabriella:
This is the end of Lesson 6

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KoreanClass101.com
Monday at 6:30 pm
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Please give your answer to the question: How long have you been studying Korean?

Right here:

Friday at 7:39 pm
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Hi Karen,

한 달 동안 공부 열심히 하셨나요? :smile:
Hope you studied hard during your month of studies!

Cheers,
Lyn
Team KoreanClass101.com

Karen
Friday at 9:26 am
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Handaldong-an gonbu-haesseumnida :heart:

Tuesday at 11:11 am
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Hi 알리,

코멘트 감사합니다. :)

Regards,
Claire
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알리
Thursday at 5:31 pm
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감사합니다 :grin:

Tuesday at 10:15 am
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Hi 알리,

Thank you for posting. If you wanted to say, I studied Korean for a year, you would use the sino Korean word for one: 일–>일년동안 공부했습니다.

As for ‘But I should study more often’, you could say:
‘그래도 더 자주 공부해야 해요’.

‘ I’m studying with koreanclass101.com and from Kdramas and Kmusic’ would be:
—>’코리안101닷컴과 한국 드라마 그리고 케이팝을 통해 한국어를 공부해요’.

Cheers,
Lyn
Team KoreanClass101.com

알리
Saturday at 3:44 pm
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How do I say “But I should study more often” cause I could say, 한년 동안 공부했습니다 … But I don’t want to make it sound like I know more than I do… So I would want to add something like ‘I don’t have time to study often’… (also if I added the word 한국어, would it be like - 한년 동안 한국어를 공부했습니다 - ? Just in case I need to know.)

I went to a Japanese restaurant recently and seen a picture of the owners wearing hanbok. Then I heard them speaking in Korean. Next time I go there I want to try speaking to them using 한국어, and I know this question will come up haha

Also how can I say that I’m studying with koreanclass101.com and from kdramas and kmusic? The next lesson doesn’t have the answers I need for the question :sweat_smile:

감사합니다~ :grin:

Thursday at 6:28 pm
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Hi Nisha!

Haha!
Keep up the good work! :thumbsup:

Have a great day!
Engla
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Nisha
Monday at 11:45 pm
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I sure did. :smile:

Monday at 1:51 pm
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Hi Nisha,

Yes, you can say 반년 instead of 여섯 달.
You will learn more by seeking the complicated way out. :wink:

감사합니다.
클레어
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Nisha
Wednesday at 11:29 pm
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I just realized that instead of saying 여섯 달 I could have said 반년 (half a year) as well. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: It’s just like me to seek the complicated way out.